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Illuminating Cinema


When the credits end that’s when the conversation begins!

Illuminating Cinema connects you with film fans of all ages for fun, refreshments and engaging conversation. Each presentation begins in our beautiful Garden Suite with a pre-show introduction from a guest speaker who offers insight and observation to help sharpen your focus on the respective film. After the lights go up in the historic 1903 auditorium, we’ll gather in the Garden Suite for a convivial post-film conversation with the speaker and each other.

In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn, a free small soda, and a complimentary theatre cup. Plus $5 beer or wine (at the Illuminating Cinema event only).

A limited number of tickets are available for each Illuminating Cinema presentation so we encourage advance purchases. Discounts are available when you purchase tickets for all current Illuminating Cinema selections during the same transaction.

Focus your appreciation for film with Illuminating Cinema!

Illuminating Cinema: Taxi Driver

Fri., November 2, 2018

Directed by Martin Scorsese. US. 1976. R. 1 hour 54 minutes. Sony. 35mm.

In an effort to combat his growing insomnia, traumatized Vietnam War vet Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) takes a cab driver job. As he prowls the mean streets of NYC, Travis’ diminishing mental state mixes with his desire to be the crime-riddled city’s savior inciting him to serve a deadly justice to those he finds guilty. Although an amazing supporting cast led by Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle . . .

Illuminating Cinema: Cape Fear

Sun., November 11, 2018

Directed by J. Lee Thompson. US. 1962. NR. 1 hour 46 minutes. Universal. Digital.

Before Robert DeNiro and Nick Nolte squared off in Martin Scorsese’s 1991 remake, there was this original thriller with screen legends Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck. Released after an eight-year sentence for rape, Max Cady (Mitchum) sets out to wreck the life of Sam Bowden (Peck), the lawyer who put him behind bars. Fearing for his family’s safety, Bowden seeks every legal route possible to put Cady . . .

Illuminating Cinema: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Sat., November 24, 2018

Directed by Terry Gilliam. UK. 1975. PG. 91 minutes. Rainbow Releasing. Digital.
Sponsored by Kevin R. Pound

The end of November brings many cherished traditions: Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, shopping with the crazed masses on Black Friday, watching parades and football games, and gathering at the Colonial to watch one of the funniest (and most quotable) comedies of all time, Monty Python and the Holy Grail! Perhaps the Pythons’ finest film, this cult classic puts an absurdist spin on the King Arthur legend complete with . . .

Illuminating Cinema: It’s a Wonderful Life

Sun., December 23, 2018

Directed by Frank Capra. US. 1946. NR. 2 hours 10 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
Sponsored by CENTURY 21 Norris-Valley Forge

One of the most popular movies of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life has come to represent all the hope, good will, and sentiment that define the holiday season. Please join us in rooting for Jimmy Stewart, Clarence the Angel, and all his friends as they discover that each of us, in our own way, is a vital part of the world. “Attaboy, Clarence!”
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